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Media Burn

The Media Burn Archive contains a unique collection of 5,000 non-fiction videotapes reflecting historical, political and social reality as seen by independent producers from 1972 to 2002. It supplies a major dose of American studies, media history and electronic literacy. You are invited to enjoy this small selection of films from the Media Burn Independent Video Archive!

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Date Archived
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Media Burn
11,304
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Excerpt from documentary about the advertising business : Footage of filming a McDonald's Christmas commercial. King Moody, in Ronald McDonald costume, talks about the few perks he gets playing that part. Reinhard claims that the ads for McDonald's are subtle since they sell the product through the characters instead of convincing people to buy the product.
( 3 reviews )
Topic: TV About TV
Media Burn
by Ant Farm, Chip Lord, Doug Michels, Curtis Schreier, Uncle Buddie, Tom Weinberg
10,373
20
2
A video art piece examining the media, particularly Television news. On July 4, Independence Day, 1975, a "media circus" assembles at San Francisco's Cow Palace Stadium. A pyramid of television sets are stacked, doused with kerosene, and set ablaze. Then a modified 1959 Cadillac, piloted by two drivers who are guided only by a video monitor between their bucket seats, smashes through the pyramid destroying the TV sets. Preceding the event are actual clips from various TV news...
( 2 reviews )
Topic: TV About TV
Media Burn
by Nancy Cain and Tom Weinberg
6,894
10
2
Philadelphia. Sept. 26 1981. Coverage of Rolling Stones fans waiting for concert. The Stones perform Under My Thumb. Cab drivers share their stories of celebrity fares. Every famous person in the world gives better tips to cab drivers than Mick Jagger.
( 2 reviews )
Topic: Chicago Hello
Media Burn
by Tom Finerty with Scott Jacobs and Starr Sutherland
6,812
7
1
Hobo Excerpt from documentary exploring the quickly vanishing hobo culture. We speak with the old-timers who have ridden the rails for years and learn about the new generation. This excerpt is the beginning of the doc, and features narration about radio HOBO, "The Big Rock Candy Mountain," and passing trains. Closeups of various hobos and passing landscapes. Old hobo talks about hopping first train. Hobos talk about romanticism of the rails. National PBS broadcast. Won local Chicago...
( 1 reviews )
Topic: Classic Vintage Video
Media Burn
by Nancy Cain, Bart Friedman, Parry Teasdale
6,553
9
2
One portion of an episode of Lanesville TV, a pioneering community program broadcast weekly by Media Bus. The Lanesville crew jokingly investigates a UFO sighting, getting the whole community to play along.
( 2 reviews )
Topic: Classic Vintage Video
Media Burn
by Tom Weinberg
4,811
0
1
Excerpt from a roundtable-type discussion about Chicago-area sports. Guests include: Gary Fencik, all-pro safety for the Chicago Bears; John Schulian, sports columnist; Fran Spielman, WIND radios sports and political reporter; John Mendgelt, broadcaster and NBA veteran; Bill Veeck, former baseball team owner and sports commentator; Steve Garvey, first baseman for the San Diego Padres; and Bill Murray, actor and Chicago native. This excerpt features Bill Murray, at Wrigley Field, jokingly...
( 1 reviews )
Topic: Chicago Hello
Media Burn
by produced by Matthew Palm and Tom Weinberg
4,078
6
2
Short documentary about the two main figures in the Chicago Conspiracy trial - Abbie Hoffman and the presiding judge, Julius Hoffman. This piece compares the Hoffmans' personalities and argues that they had a mutual fascination with one another.
( 2 reviews )
Topic: Subversives
Media Burn
by Hudson Marquez, Allen Rucker, Michael Shamberg, Elon Soltes, Tom Weinberg, and Megan Williams
3,883
7
1
Excerpt from the duPont-Columbia winning documentary that takes a skeptical view of the Guru Maharaj Ji, leader of a cult-like, new age group, the Divine Light Mission (DLM), and who is known to his followers as "The Lord of the Universe". It chronicles a gathering of his followers at Houston's Astrodome, as well as some of the beliefs and practices of his zealous supporters. This excerpt features Rennie Davis and Abbie Hoffman. Clips of Davis in his more radicals days are contrasted...
( 1 reviews )
Topic: Classic Vintage Video
Media Burn
by Tom Weinberg, Laura Cavestani, Jodi Sibert
3,405
5
2
Excerpt from documentary following several unknown actors as they attempt to become movie and TV stars (or, at least, make a living by acting). Sequences include actors working their day jobs (mostly in food service), going to auditions, waiting for acting work at SchwabÂs Drugstore, etc. Also features several famous actors discussing what it takes to be successful in Hollywood, including Tab Hunter, Shelly Winters, and Sally Kirkland. This segment features Shelley Winters and Sally Kirkland....
( 2 reviews )
Topic: Behind the Scenes
Media Burn
2,898
3
0
Excerpt from a behind-the-scenes documentary about the events and personalities surrounding Superbowl X in Miami between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Dallas Cowboys. Features intimate portraits of the players and the CBS personnel who broadcast the events of Superbowl week. Produced with multiple lightweight video cameras in TVTV style, it is both informative and revealing of the extremes surrounding football culture and hype. In this clip, some ex-football players play a game for fun in...
Topics: Classic Vintage Video, Sports Personalities
Media Burn
by Tom Weinberg, Laura Cavestani, Jodi Sibert
2,401
3
2
Excerpt from documentary following several unknown actors as they attempt to become movie and TV stars (or, at least, make a living by acting). Sequences include actors working their day jobs (mostly in food service), going to auditions, waiting for acting work at Schwabs Drugstore, etc. Also features several famous actors discussing what it takes to be successful in Hollywood, including Tab Hunter, Shelly Winters, and Sally Kirkland. In this segment, actors hanging out at Schwab's Drugstore...
( 2 reviews )
Topic: Behind the Scenes
Media Burn
by Nancy Cain and Bart Friedman,Videofreex
2,382
3
0
Excerpt from documentary by Nancy Cain and Bart Friedman on their trip from Woodstrock, NY to the Chicago Editing Center. In this excerpt: Cain reads news report about a nuclear accident, and we see a reporter mistakenly attribute the accident at a nuclear power plant to human hair instead of human error; Cain and Friedman at site of a fire at Racine and Clyborn. At Palestine Kosher Red Hots and Sausage next door, people continue to eat, despite the fact that the building next door is burning...
Topic: Classic Vintage Video
Media Burn
by Tom Weinberg and Scott Jacobs
2,133
3
1
A moving portrait of a promising young boxer. We see him reeling after his first victory, certain of his impending fame and fortune. We also see the boy after his first big loss and his recognition that its really going to be hard for him to support himself while boxing. The tape is incredibly intimate and seems to sum up not only the hardships faced by inner-city project dwellers, but also the general loss of idealism faced by all young adults.
( 1 reviews )
Topic: Chicago Hello
Media Burn
by Skip Blumberg, Paul Challacombe, Joel Gold, Judy Hoffman, Anda Korsts, Jim Mayer, Jack McFadden, Tom Shea, Tom Weinberg, and Jim
1,847
1
0
Excerpt from hour-long program inspired by Studs Terkel's best-selling book, Working. In the book, people talk about what they do all day and how they feel about it. The documentary explores what it is actually like to be on the job with some of these people. The opening of the piece declares, "As experimental video journalists, we hope to demonstrate that new small-format television equipment allows people to speak for themselves, simply and directly and that real people in real...
Topic: Chicago Hello
Media Burn
by produced and directed by Tom Weinberg
1,682
0
0
Excerpt from a portrait of Chicagos 25th ward alderman, Vito Marzullo, who is described as the last of the old time machine politicians. It chronicles the workings of Marzullos ward, Chicagos city hall, and Chicago politics in general. This piece also provides insight into Marzullos family life with his wife of 65 years, Letiza.
Topic: Chicago Hello
Media Burn
by Tom Weinberg; Exec Producer, Joel Cohen; Producer
1,646
3
0
Excerpt includes: It's Television, Dee Davis, Don Cherry, Today Show, Selling Gold, Cutaways 1) "It's Television" by TVTV. A spoof of early TV in the U.S. in the early 1950s. A middle class family gets their first TV and the whole neighborhood comes to watch. Sit back and light up a Camel. 2) Dee Davis commentary by Appalshop. Davis comments on TV: The problem with television is that programming is developed to sell things. TV should change peoples lives, should offer new enthusiasm,...
Topic: TV About TV
Media Burn
1,488
3
1
Excerpt from documentary about the advertising business includes: Footage of commercial shoot, text about the anonymity of most admen and about how this program intends to give them a voice, The Pontiac Choir Boys do a commercial, George Lois, chairman, Lois, Holland, Callaway, New York, explains the power that comes from commercial production - ÂPoom! ItÂs like poison gas..Poom! ThatÂs sensational. Oh yeah, thatÂs great.Â
( 1 reviews )
Topic: TV About TV
Media Burn
by Tom Weinberg and Skip Blumberg
802
0
2
Documentary about a man named Michael Johnson, a janitor at United Center, the home of the Chicago Bulls. (The title refers to this connection between the subject and basketball star Michael Jordan.) Johnson talks about his life and history and also about his views on race, politics, and survival. Johnson was taped again a few years later with updates on his situation and commenting on the impact being on television has had on his life. Some of the original footage was used in a program called...
( 2 reviews )
Topic: Chicago Hello
Media Burn
by Tom Weinberg; Exec Producer, Joel Cohen, Producer
780
1
0
Excerpt from The 90's Election Special #102. Stoney Burke at the 1992 Republican National Convention at the Houston Astrodome. Burke notes, "You have to put all your intelligence in your back pocket; you know, sit on it for awhile, get it lateral, and you can come in here and talk to these people. They're just like you and me, only thereÂs a vast income and class difference between the Republicans and everyone else." Stoney asks Pat Buchanan if he'll run in '96. And Dan Quayle tells...
Topic: Politics the News Never Shows
Media Burn
by Tom Weinberg; Exec Producer, Joel Cohen, Producer
691
1
0
Excerpt from The 90s Election Special #102. Stoney Burke at the 1992 Republican National Convention at the Huston Astrodome. Stoney asks syndicated columnist Robert Novak if family values is a code word for something. Novak responds by using Woody Allen as an example of someone who does not have family values. It doesnÂt have to be explained, they should just get it. Stoney then visits the Pro-Family, God & Country Rally, along with Dan Quayle and Pat Robertson...
Topic: Politics the News Never Shows
Media Burn
by Tom Weinberg; Exec Producer, Joel Cohen, Producer
612
1
0
Excerpt from The 90s Election Special #102. Stoney Burke at the 1992 Republican National Convention at the Huston Astrodome. Stoney takes the podium to make his own speech. From this moment on, I declare that we as a people must get our act together, treat each other decently, share the wealth, promote the general welfare... and have fun.
Topic: Politics the News Never Shows